Raisio plc’s Research Foundation supports scientific research primarily related to the development of foods, food ingredients and their production methods. The Research Foundation also supports research related to safety of food products and commercialization of food products.
In recent years, the Research Foundation has executed its activity mainly by admitting personal salary grants for postgraduate studies, aiming to complete a doctoral dissertation and by annually granting scholarships for good master’s theses in the field of the Foundation’s activities.
At its meeting held on November 29, 2021, the Board of Directors of Raisio plc’s Research Foundation has decided to award a total of EUR 82,800 in post graduate research grants for 2022. The grants are intended as a salary grant for a doctoral student. A doctoral student whose PhD topic is once awarded with a research grant of the Foundation has the opportunity to receive a salary grant for a maximum of four years, provided that the studies proceed according to plans. Continued postgraduate grants are decided annually on the basis of a separate application.
Based on the public grant application process held in October 2021, 13 grant applications were submitted to the Foundation within the deadline. The total amount of funding requested was € 276,668.
Katja Kantanen, Department of Food and Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki
Dissertation title: Reduction of oligosaccharides from meat analogues utilizing fermentation, germination and enzymatic treatment
The dissertation focuses on the effects of fermentation, germination and enzymatic treatment of faba bean on high moisture extrusion and on the content of oligosaccharides like raffinose, stachyose and verbascose and on the structure, physico-chemical and sensorial properties of meat analogues.
Anton Örn, Laboratory for Molecular Research and Technology, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Åbo Akademi University
Dissertation title: Synthesis of rare sugars through site-selective epimerization
The thesis work aims to develop a cost effective production method for psicose that is based on the site-selective catalytic epimerization of fructose. The goal can be achieved by studying the materials and mechanisms of the required multiphase catalytic systems in detail.
Enni Mannila, Food Chemistry and Food Development, Department of Life Technologies, Faculty of Technology, University of Turku
Title of the PhD work: Oats in a gluten-deficient diet – metabolic, microbiomic and postprandial responses in metabolically challenges volunteers.
The PhD work studies effects of long-term oat consumption on blood count and metabolic products in blood circulation, perceived gut well-being, gut microbiota, short-chain fatty acids, plasma antioxidative capacity, inflammation markers and changes in postprandial responses.
In 2022 the Board of Directors of the Foundation has granted seven scholarships for master’s theses. The value of one scholarship is €500.
Tella Jokinen, master’s theses: Elintarvikkeiden säilyvyys: Sinisen valon vaikutus hiivojen ja homeiden kasvuun kinkkuvoileipäkakun pinnalla
Mikael Smolander, master’s theses: Höyryllä ja kuumalla kiertoilmalla kypsennyksen vaikutus kanatuotteiden kypsennyshävikkiin, aistinvaraisiin ominaisuuksiin ja säilyvyyteen
Iida Ikonen, master’s theses: Reducing antinutrients in faba bean (Vicia Faba) with lactic acid fermentation
Master’s theses: Inhibition of starch retrogradation by soluble soybean polysaccharides with different molecular weights and degrees of esterification
Annika Johansson, master’s theses: Validation of selection tools for leaf blotch resistance in Finnish spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) breeding program
Olli Pitkänen, master’s theses: Prosessoitu härkäpapu rypsin korvaajana lypsylehmien ruokinnassa ja pötsisuojattu metioniini sen täydentäjänä
Fabio Tuccillo, master’s theses: Characterization of the volatile profile of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) protein concentrate, isolate, and flour before and after high moisture extrusion
Members of the Board of the Raisio plc’s Research Foundation:
President, CEO Pekka Kuusniemi, Raisio plc, Chairman of the Board
Professor Maija Tenkanen, University of Helsinki
Member of the Board Erkki Haavisto, Raisio plc
Professor Tapio Salmi, Åbo Akademi
Ph.D. Jussi Manninen, VTT
Product Development Director Aino Sivonen, Raisio plc
General topics related to Foundation and scholarships: tutkimussaatio(at)raisio.com
Representative: Director of Research, Ingmar Wester, ingmar.wester(at)raisio.com, Tel. 050 601 32